On November 13, 2009, I posted my first entry Why Randy Runs here on Runswithacross. It took awhile, but almost 5 years later (4 years, 9 months & 22 days to be precise) to post this….#100.
Certainly a lot of garbage posted in those 1,756 days, some might say 99 out of 99, but I’m not doing this for them. Yes, there have been too many typos, misspellings and horrific grammar errors to count. One might be embarrassed to admit they even proof and re-write most of the entries many times before “publishing”. Not ME! Actually, some get TLC and others just foam out of my mind into my hands and onto the internet with only minor scrubbing.
These semi-stream of consciousness posts are often my favorite. Generally informal and less serious (like this one). You see, I used to write these e-mails titled “Just Because” and circulate them to my friends. They loved them. So much so that when my computer crashed many years ago and I lost all the files, several of them came to my rescue and e-mailed them back to me. I was flattered that they had saved them.
I guess you could say Just Because was Runswithacross before blogging became so simple. Back then, there were fewer writers and a receptive audience. Today, there are several million too many writers and no audience. We’re all too busy trying to tell people what we think to actually read other people’s work. Progress…right?
I never had any aspirations of creating one of those very rare Must Read blogs. A successful blog, according to people who blog about how to successfully blog, stays on a single topic, has frequent posts with fresh material and promotes themselves heavily. In other words, you have to work at it. I’m lazy, have a double rainbow of interests and don’t believe in self-promotion. Therefore, I’ve spent a trivial amount of time in the past 250 weeks writing anything I feel like. While I occasionally get a message that say “thank you for the race report, I’m thinking about entering next year”, my audience is generally zero. I’m fine with that.
In the end, this blog was intended to force myself to write more. Given that it took 5 years to make 100 posts I’d say it has been a complete failure.
My new goal, hold your breath I’m revealing something special, is to write a little more. Maybe 120 entries in the next 5 years. Maybe not much an improvement, but an improvement. We should all strive to get better. 120 is more than 100. Better.
Run in Peace, Rest in Grace